Strong Winds, Temperatures Hamper Ice Removal on MN Highways

By KBJR News 1

Windshield wipers weren't enough to handle the white-out conditions!

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM CDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Heavy snow compaction and ice from Thursday’s extensive snowfall are making travel difficult to hazardous from the southwest corner to the northeast corner of Minnesota.

MnDOT urges drivers to be patient, plan for trips to take additional time and if possible, avoid travel. Plow crews are currently working to remove the ice and compacted snow, but are inhibited by strong winds, drifting snow and cold temperatures in rural areas.

MnDOT maintenance personnel say Friday’s primary concern is the wind. Drifting snow can cover a highway again immediately after a plow has just passed. The wind may blow salt off the road, and the salt becomes less effective in colder temperatures.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Crews expect road conditions to slowly improve throughout the day, as precipitation ends across the state Friday morning.

Motorists can check the Minnesota 511 website for the latest on road conditions.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns